• Jun 3rd 2009 at 5:58PM
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From the first to the 100th and now to the 500th, the story of Tesla Motors and their first offering, the Roadster, has been pretty heavily documented. The trend is unlikely to stop any time soon and, in that vein, Tesla is making sure to note its latest milestone, the delivery of the 500th Roadster.

The lucky recipient is New Jersey's Martin Tuchman, who Tesla describes as chairman of The Tuchman Foundation and a board member of The Parkinson's Alliance and Parkinson's Disease Foundation of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York. Tuchman is apparently a car fan, with a 1967 Mercedes 250 and a 1993 Jaguar convertible in his stable. Those cars will get even less of a workout now that the Roadster is around, as it is scheduled to become Tuchman's main commuter car. Interestingly, Tuchman will reportedly use solar power to charge his new toy whenever possible, which ought to make for a clean getaway. Official press release after the jump.

[Source: Tesla]


Tesla Motors Delivers 500th Roadster

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A New Jersey philanthropist was the 500th person to take ownership of a Tesla Roadster, an important milestone for the world's leading electric vehicle manufacturer.

Martin Tuchman, former chairman and CEO of Interpool, is chairman of The Tuchman Foundation and a board member of The Parkinson's Alliance and Parkinson's Disease Foundation of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York. He plans to charge his Roadster partly with solar energy thanks to photovoltaic panels he helped install throughout his hometown of Kingston, NJ.

"My Roadster drives like a dream -- it's amazing," said Tuchman, a former automotive engineer and owner of a 1967 Mercedes 250 and a 1993 Jaguar convertible. Tuchman converted his 1937 Chris-Craft into an electric boat so he could take it on nearby Lake Carnegie, which prohibits gas-powered boats. He plans to use his Roadster as his primary commuter car.

Tuchman took delivery of a Twilight Blue Roadster last weekend, a few weeks before the anticipated opening of a Tesla showroom in New York's Chelsea Art District. Greater New York is Tesla's largest market outside of California, and local EV owners enjoy numerous incentives.

Zero-emission vehicles are exempt from New Jersey sales, use and luxury taxes. Single occupants of alternative-fuel vehicles may also use the high-occupancy commuter lanes on the New Jersey Turnpike. These incentives are on top of a $7,500 US federal tax credit, which fully applies to all Tesla Roadsters.

Tesla will also soon be opening stores in Chicago, London, Seattle, Miami, Washington, Monaco and Munich. Tesla will begin deliveries in Europe this summer.

San Carlos, Calif.-based Tesla is the only production automaker selling highway-capable EVs in the United States or Europe. The Roadster beats nearly every other car for acceleration yet is twice as energy efficient as a Toyota Prius. It costs roughly $4 to refuel and can be completely recharged in as little as 3.5 hours.

Michael van der Sande, Tesla Senior Vice President of Global Sales, Service and Marketing, called the 500th delivery an important symbol for the world's newest production automaker.

"We now have more than 500 real-world customers providing valuable feedback on our cars and contributing to Tesla's spirit of continuous improvement," van der Sande said. "We intend to leverage our first-mover advantage and continue to build brand loyalty for years – from our 500th to our 500,000th delivery."

About Tesla Motors:

Based in California's Silicon Valley, Tesla Motors builds electric vehicles with exceptional design, performance and efficiency, while conforming to all North American and European safety, environmental and durability standards. The Roadster, which has a 0-to-60 mph acceleration of 3.9 seconds, is the only highway-capable EV for sale in North America or Europe. It is six times as efficient as rival sports cars and has a range of 244 miles per charge. Tesla expects to produce the Model S sedan in late 2011. The anticipated base price of the sedan will be $49,900 after a $7,500 US tax credit.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      This always cracks me up. People call for Tesla to run GM and they've only delivered 500 cars in over a year.

        • 6 Years Ago
        A startup making electric sport cars? Sure they could run GM, imagine what they could have done with 50 billion in bailout money, besides going bankrupt.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Even though I'm not 100pct OK with those $50b (yet I'm not US tax-payer) obviously their main purpose was to secure lots of jobs... not to sell 500 roadsters within 16 months.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "What does one man need 500 Tesla roadsters for?"
        • 6 Years Ago
        That made me laugh out loud. +1
        • 6 Years Ago
        At first I thought it was that NYT douchebag, but then you made me realize the truth. ahahah :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      when did they start deliveries? oh wait...nvm i just totally missed the 1st tesla and the 100th...i'd prefer an elise sc and 50 grand anyways
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Here are the keys to your brand new Tesla Roadster! Now give them back - we need to replace the transmission again."
        • 6 Years Ago
        There's a blue one near me, I saw it when I was out running and when I saw it I thought... could it be? might it be? and when it went by I knew it was.... crazy to see a SILENT car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm still on the rocks with this car.

      I'm living in a condo right now, but once I find my 'home", I am seriously considering this or a Porsche 911.

      I want to consider the Audi R8 but for some reason it doesn't appeal to me in pictures. But I will still take a look at it in person.

      I love the silence of the Tesla though. I saw one in person a few weeks ago for the first time and the panel gaps are still there, similar to a kit car, but I'm willing to highly consider this.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Lot to be said for seeing it in person. I thought the Camaro was cool looking, although not my style, but in person i think i threw up a bit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've seen these here in LA and I have to say that their 0-30 speed must be incredibly fast, I've never seen a car go as fast as they do from a stand still on the street. And keep in mind, when it does accelerate, it makes basically no noise, kind of cool.

      Hike15: Keep in mind that you won't ever have to pay gas and comparable electricity costs about 1/100th of what gas costs. Also, the people buying these are usually celebrities that have a self image to protect and an electric sports car looks better than a "typical" sports car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      500 cars x $100,000 = $50M Where is the profit?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Probably eaten up by R&D costs.
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